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SBD Global/January 17, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published January 17, 2014
DUBAI DUTY FREE LINEUP: Organizers for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship announced the men's lineup on Thursday, "with five of the world's top-10 ranked players headlining the field." World No. 2 NOVAK DJOKOVIC will "return to defend his championship," with world No. 6 ROGER FEDERER the "most highly-decorated competitor in his way." JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO (No. 5), TOMAS BERDYCH (No. 7) and JO-WILFRIED TSONGA (No. 10) "round out the top-10 ranked participants" (THE NATIONAL, 1/16).
GREAT SCOTT: Golfer ADAM SCOTT is hoping that as well as drawing thousands of spectators, the HSBC golf tournament "will also be a great place to showcase the villa he is selling" on Saadiyat Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. And "to drum up interest," he is "offering to play a round of 18 holes with whoever stumps up the cash to buy the property." Scott said that he is selling the Dh22.9M ($6.2M) villa next to Saadiyat golf course because due to his schedule on the U.S. and Australian PGA circuits, he is not "able to spend enough time in it" (THE NATIONAL, 1/16).
PAPIS JOINS WHELEN SERIES: NASCAR driver MAX PAPIS announced he will field a team in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series for fellow Italian KEVIN GILARDONI, with hopes of developing the 21-year-old driver to compete in the NASCAR ranks in the U.S. soon. Gilardoni is expected to come to the team's North Carolina headquarters in mid-February to get acquainted with the cars and team members before the Euro Series begins April 12 in Spain. Papis plans to have Gilardoni compete in a handful of late model races in the U.S. during down times in the Euro schedule, including races at Germany's Nürburgring and in Valencia, Spain (NASCAR).